The Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, Inc. (Pittcon)

Pittcon 2012


Pittcon is the world`s largest annual conference and exposition for laboratory science. Pittcon 2012 will offer the latest technology and instrumentation from more than 950 exhibitors, a diverse Technical Program of over 2,000 abstracts to technical presentations, over 100 Short Courses to enhance your educational experience, and networking sessions that provide the chance to exchange innovative ideas with scientists from around the world.

Event Type:
Trade Show/Exhibition
Mar. 11-15, 2012
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando , FL , USA

  • Attracts attendees from industry, academia and government from 85 countries worldwide
  • Attracts nearly 950 exhibiting companies
  • Includes over 2,000 technical papers and presentations
  • Profits are used to promote science and science education
  • Conference proceeds fund programs of the SSP, SACP and The Pittsburgh Conference in the greater Pittsburgh area, the host city and throughout the United States
  • Managed by a committee of volunteers including the President and Board of Directors

What we offer

  • Latest advances in laboratory instrumentation, supplies and services
  • Comprehensive solutions for research problems
  • New methodologies and techniques for improved productivity
  • Educational & networking opportunities

Benefits of attendance

  • Skill building through short courses & technical programs
  • Networking with exhibitors, conferees and recognized scientists in similar disciplines
  • Career development
  • Improved problem solving skills

Pittcon, the world’s largest annual conference and exposition for laboratory science, offers a unique opportunity to get a hands-on look at the newest instrumentation and technology while connecting with members of the scientific community. having grown beyond its roots in analytical chemistry and spectroscopy, pittcon now serves a diverse constituency of all laboratory scientists—anyone who identifies, quantifies, analyzes or tests the chemical or biological properties of compounds or molecules—encompassing life sciences, pharmaceutical discovery and Qa, food safety, environmental and bioterrorism markets. pittcon creates the perfect environment to learn, discuss and discover.

Connect with nearly 1,000 leading exhibitors from 30 countries offering the latest innovations in laboratory products and services. Get a hands-on look at equipment, including live demonstrations, see the latest in instrumentation and solutions to improve laboratory efficiency, and connect with technical personnel for answers to your most pressing questions in these— and other—categories:

  • Laboratory Apparatus, Chemicals, and Supplies
  • Analytical Instrumentation
  • Informatics and Analytical Software
  • Green Chemistry Solutions
  • OEM Parts and Dealers
  • International Representatives
  • Scientific Publishers
  • Professional Societies
  • Contract Laboratory Services

Quickly and easily find the professionals, equipment and services you need most by visiting the following specialized sections on the exposition floor:

  • Life Science area
  • New Exhibitor area
  • LIMS area

With more than 2,000 technical sessions, Pittcon makes it easy for you to get connected to the latest research and developments in your field and gain a global perspective from leading scientists from around the world.

Pittcon’s comprehensive and diverse Technical Program includes, but is not limited to, sessions such as:

  • Biomedical Nanotechnology
  • Hyphenated Techniques for Peptidomics: Bridging the Gap Between Proteomics and Metabolomics by Mass Spectrometry
  • LC/MS Quantification of Protein Therapeutics in Drug Discovery and Development
  • Mass Spectrometry Advances Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels
  • New Alternatives in High-Resolution Mass Spectrometry
  • New Developments in Forensic Chemistry for Use at the Crime Scene and in the Laboratory

  • Analytical Techniques for Nanotoxicology
  • Elemental Speciation in the Real World: Clinical, Industrial and Environmental Applications
  • High Throughput Analysis for Food Safety
  • Non-invasive Biomedical Analysis
  • Recent Advances in Capillary Scale Ion Chromatography

  • Addressing Challenges in Dietary Supplement Analysis
  • Analytical and Spectroscopic Advances and Their Impact on Biofuel Analysis
  • GC-on-a-Chip: The Next Generation
  • Implementation of Analytical Curriculum Reform: Solving Problems and Making Gains
  • Industry, Academic, and Government Responses to Emerging Food Contaminants
  • Unleashing AnIML 1.0: Adoption Strategies for the New ASTM Data Standards

The 2012 comprehensive Technical Program includes, but is not limited to, areas of analytical chemistry, applied spectroscopy, life sciences, bioanalysis, food sciences, and related disciplines such as:

Instrumental Analysis

  • Chromatography
  • Molecular and atomic spectroscopy
  • Portable/Hand-held Instruments
  • Electrochemistry
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Lab-on-a-Chip technology

Novel Application of Measurement Science

  • Nanotechnology
  • Biomedicine
  • Neurochemistry
  • Genomics, Proteomics
  • Metabolomics, Metabonomics
  • Forensics
  • Informatics
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Environmental
  • Polymer
  • Food Science

Conferee Networking Sessions, free to all registered attendees, offer an open forum to connect and network with colleagues from all over the world. Participants will have the opportunity to interact, discuss, share experiences, and solve problems during these informal 2-hour facilitated sessions.

General discussion topics include:

  • High Throughput Pharmaceutical Purification
  • Process Analytical Technology
  • Forensics
  • Food Quality/Safety
  • Microfluidics
  • Lab-on-a-Chip
  • Food Safety
  • Thermal Analysis
  • Lab Data Management
  • Environmental Impact

Pittcon’s Short Courses offer an excellent—and affordable— way to enhance your professional development. With seemingly unlimited topic choices in half-day, full-day, or 2-day sessions, ranging from beginner to advanced, the opportunities for your personal career growth are endless.

Here is a sampling of our Short Course topics:


  • Professional Analytical Chemists in Industry
  • Managerial Effectiveness: Setting Clear Expectations
  • LC/MS Strategies for the Identification of Impurities, Degradants and Metabolites
  • Lab-on-a-Chip Devices


  • Statistically Sound Calibration Studies– with computer workshop
  • Raman and IR Spectroscopy: Basic Theory, Instrumentation and Applications
  • HPLC Method Development for LC/MS


  • LC-MS-MS Analysis of Endocrine Disruptors, Pharmaceuticals, and Nanomaterials

Conferences provide great opportunities to develop your knowledge, gather new perspectives, learn new methods, and to meet valuable colleagues. Meeting those new colleagues can result from chance meetings at poster sessions, technical program sessions, at exhibitor booths, at short course programs, or at mixers and many other activities during Conference week.

Several years ago, the Pittcon Organizing Committee added another way for conferees (and exhibitors) to meet in a semi-formal gathering to mutually discuss pre-identified topics of common interest, Conferee Networking Sessions.

Using input from recent Pittcon attendees, about 30 different Conferee Networking Sessions will be held during Conference week. In meeting rooms configured in round-table style, with no audiovisual support, participants are encouraged to exchange business cards with each other and to each talk about their specific work challenges.

A moderator/facilitator is present to keep the discussion centered and to highlight topical issues. While most participants join the session from the start, participants should feel free to join at any time. Most sessions have fewer than 15 participants. The discussion usually has one of two beneficial results:

  1. Realization that there is available help to solve a problem
  2. Mutual recognition that no one has yet solved a problem.

Your own organization may not provide access to other scientists with the ability to provide either of those results. Participating in the Conferee Networking Sessions provides another valuable benefit for your Pittcon experience.

Whether this is your first time to Pittcon or you have attended past Conferences, we invite you to visit our International Visitor Center when you arrive at the convention center.

The International Visitor Center is easily recognizable by its colorful international flag decor. You will receive a very warm welcome from Pittcon Committee members and conference week staff.

The International Visitor Center Offers:

  • Multi-lingual interpreters to help solve any registration issues and assist you with any aspect of your attendance while at Pittcon 2012.
  • Posting of attendance numbers for Pittcon 2012 from different countries.
  • An area furnished with tables and chairs to participate in informal discussions with Committee members or other conferees.

Pittcon is the leading showcase for scientific and technical innovation with a singular focus on laboratory science. Meet your customers, prospects and colleagues all in one place, during one highly productive week.

Why Exhibit At Pittcon?

FOR  companies serving the analysis and laboratory science markets

WHO  want the most effective venue for promoting their company, their products and their services

PITTCON  the industry’s premier conference and exposition

UNLIKE  any other trade show or meeting

PITTCON OFFERS  a unique forum of technical and educational programs and product promotional opportunities to facilitate productive face-to-face interaction with your customers, prospects, potential business partners, and the broader industry community.

The state’s biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device sectors continue to grow, making Florida the epicenter of some of the most exciting research, promising discoveries, and successful commercialization efforts in the world.

Driven by its own strong life sciences assets and drawing in a number of leading research institutes from around the world, Florida is the new hub for life sciences.

  • Across Florida today, nearly 850 companies specialize in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, or medical devices and employ over 26,000 life science professionals.
  • Florida’s biotechnology employment between 2007 and 2009 nearly doubled and the number of Florida’s biotech establishments increased by 60% during the same time period.
  • Florida is home to world–renowned research institutes such as Max Planck Florida Institute, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, Scripps Florida, Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies and Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute (VGTI) Florida.
  • Additional Florida–based organizations: Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, , Cleveland Clinic Florida, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, Jackson Memorial Medical Center, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic, and Mount Sinai Medical Center.
  • Florida ranked among the top 10 states for bioscience patents between 2004–2009.
  • Florida has a number of new life science research parks including Florida Center for Innovation at Tradition (Port St. Lucie), Lake Nona Medical City (Orlando), and the University of Miami Life Science and Technology Park (Miami), – expanding upon a network of 7 existing research parks and 15 technology incubators including The Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator (Gainesville).
  • Nearly 200 biotechnology companies, including Sanofi Pasteur VaxDesign Campus, Accentia/Biovest International, Bioheart and Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation.
  • Florida’s biotech areas of excellence:
    • Therapeutics for cancer, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, neurological disorders, inflammatory conditions, and infectious disease
    • Personalized Medicine
    • Regenerative Health
    • Genomics
    • Diagnostics
  • Florida’s pharmaceutical cluster includes 150+ pharmaceutical companies and more than 5,400 professionals, including companies such as Bausch & Lomb Pharmaceuticals, Schering Plough, Actavis, Xcovery, Inc., Teva Pharmaceuticals and OPKO Health, Inc.
  • The Centers of Excellence Program is designed to bridge the gap between academia and industry and give university–produced innovations a push toward commercial viability. There are 11 such Centers at leading universities around the state including the Center of Excellence in Regenerative Health Biotechnology, Biomedical and Marine Biotechnology, Drug Discovery & Innovation, and in Nano–Bio Sensors.
  • Florida’s photonics cluster is among the largest in the United States, with some 270 companies focused on the design, development, manufacturing, testing, and integration of photonics and related systems.
  • Florida has world class industry research facilities, including the internationally recognized Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers (CREOL) at the College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central Florida.

We are compiling a comprehensive and diverse technical program including areas of analytical chemistry, applied spectroscopy, life sciences, bioanalysis, food sciences, and related disciplines such as, but not limited to:

Instrumental Analysis

  • Chromatography
  • Molecular and atomic spectroscopy
  • Portable/Hand-held Instruments
  • Electrochemistry
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Lab-on-Chip technology

Novel Application of Measurement Science

  • Nanotechnology
  • Biomedicine
  • Neurochemistry
  • Genomics, Proteomics
  • Metabolomics, Metabonomics
  • Forensics
  • Informatics
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Environmental
  • Polymer
  • Food Science

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